We need affordable housing for the next generation and development to boost growth and create jobs - but in the right places. I don't want to see the countryside concreted over and villages ruined.
- No development at Junction 8
- Investment in infrastructure must keep pace with development
After the economy, the number one worry people have talked to me about on the doorstep is development. Hundreds of new houses are being built on the edges of villages like Harrietsham, Lenham, Langley and others. On the other hand, many young people are struggling to buy a home. People are living longer and living apart, and together with immigration this means we need more houses.
We must keep the numbers manageable, build in the right places and in the right way, invest in infrastructure like roads and schools, and make sure decisions are made locally. All in all, it’s about getting the balance right; we must look after what we’ve got and give the next generation the chance to own a home.